Home cooks are going all-in for a new cookware shape: The Essential Pan. The skillet-pot hybrid is defined by its stout sides and wide base that allows you to get a good sear while also adding plenty of capacity. We love that they have stick handles and lids, that they’re oven-safe, and that you can make a meal for the whole family in one vessel. (Sound familiar?)
We carry nine different Essential Pans from some of your favorite brands (All-Clad, Calphalon, Hestan, and our own, among others). Have you tried using one yet? If not, here are five top-rated entrées to try out, from a gorgeous lasagna flecked with pancetta, sage and chard to a golden pork loin roast with crisp potatoes.
No-cook noodles are the secret of this easy, ready-in-an-hour lasagna recipe that’s surprisingly veggie-forward. (You wouldn’t know it by looking at that golden blanket of cheese!) Featuring a dreamy béchamel, ricotta, mozzarella, pancetta, crispy sage leaves, and two whole bunches of Swiss chard, it’s a treat both hot from the oven and leftover for lunch. Pro tip: Make a vegetarian version by simply skipping the pancetta!
No need to preheat the oven for this chicken dish, which you can make in about 45 minutes. Do all the work right on your stovetop, browning and braising the chicken thighs in the same Essential Pan. Then just deglaze, add canned tomatoes and a few aromatics, and simmer until everything is cooked through. Capers lend a bright, pert finishing note. Your side dish can be as simple as fresh bread or polenta.
Togarashi (a genius Japanese condiment that generally includes sesame seeds, seaweed flakes, and red pepper flakes) and unctuous white miso paste are key to this pretty-as-a-picture bowl. Sear steak in an Essential Pan, then compose a bowl brimming with rice noodles, bok choy, lime, jalapeño, and cilantro. Sprinkle with the togarashi, and you might realize you’ll be ordering a lot less Japanese takeout from now on.
Packed with protein and calcium, farro is a smart grain to eat more of, and this recipe showcases its charms nicely. With cool-weather heavy hitters likes butternut squash, thyme, cranberries, and hazelnuts, it’s satisfying enough to serve as a vegetarian main course. It also makes a gorgeous Thanksgiving side dish. Bonus: There are only three tablespoons of butter in the whole thing.
One bowl and one Essential Pan are all you need to make this stunning pork loin roast. Just season potatoes and leeks in a big bowl, and season and sear your meat in the pan. Remove, then brown your potatoes in the same pan, plop the pork on top, and cook in the oven. The pork should emerge golden, garlicky, juicy and delicious, with crispy potatoes, to boot. If you haven’t tried pork with fresh oregano before—a key to delicious pork dishes like Puerto Rico’s pernil—you’re in for a treat.